Application management business TriCore Solutions announced this week an assessment service that can highlight the “benefits, costs and potential challenges for companies looking to upgrade to Oracle (News - Alert) E-Business R12.”
TriCore says its service, the Rapid Oracle E-Business R12 Upgrade Assessment Service, will help businesses that have yet to upgrade to the latest Oracle software. The switch to the latest version of E-Business R12 will become necessary before December 2015. After that date, any companies that still run version 11.5.10 will be placed in a “Sustaining Support” group, and companies in that group will no longer have access to production issue fixes, patch updates, or regulatory updates. John Robbins, practice director at TriCore, spoke in his company's announcement about the situation in which some businesses may now find themselves.
"It can be tempting for customers to risk staying on 11i because of its stability and functionality," Robbins said. "However, upgrading is inevitable. For those companies time is running out to make a move to Release 12 and our Rapid Assessment provides the information companies need to make the decision on whether to upgrade or re-implement depending on their environment."
The announcement released this week says that businesses involved in assessment will be able to complete the process within three to five business days. It will include information that explains that changes that will come with a program upgrade, the differences between technology stacks and how version R12.1.3 compares with R12.2, recommendations for businesses making the switch, and perhaps most importantly, the possible costs and necessary efforts businesses may have to exert while upgrading.
Further information about the assessment service comes within the TriCore solutions project page. It states that businesses using the service will learn the answers to questions such as “If we upgrade to R12, what will happen to our customizations?” and “Why should I upgrade from R11.x? It does everything we want.” The service seeks to answer those questions and many others that will ease the upgrade process and allow businesses to make intelligent decisions about whether or not a change in software version is right for them.